McRunner training for a Marathon

“I love McDonald’s and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two.” – Joe D’Amico

On March 19, runner Joe D’Amico will complete the LA marathon eating only McDonalds for 1 month.  You can read more about his what, whys, and hows with this article from the Sun Times.

I understand that this guy loves McDonald’s and there’s some type of warm fuzzy nostalgia going on here.  I admit, I LOVED McDonald’s when I was a kid, too.   I love the memories of picking off the little onions, riding on the mini carousel in the dining room, taking off my shoes and playing with the smelly balls in the play-pin.  But, I grew up.  and accepted the harsh realization that the Grilled Chicken Breast is NOT REALLY breast straight from the chicken, sprinkled with herbs, and grilled to perfection.   It’s what you see Below:

Grilled Chicken Breast Filet: Chicken breast filets with rib meat, water, seasoning (salt, sugar, food starch-modified, maltodextrin, spices, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed [corn gluten, soy, wheat gluten] proteins, garlic powder, paprika, chicken fat, chicken broth, natural flavors (plant and animal source), caramel color, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, onion powder, extractives of paprika), modified potato starch, and sodium phosphates. CONTAINS: SOY AND WHEAT. Prepared with Liquid Margarine:
Liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservative), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color) – McDonalds

“His only deviation from the McDonald’s menu is a daily multivitamin, tap water, and an energy gel he takes while on the road.”  He needs vitamins because McDonalds food (and most other meals Americans eat) contain few vitamins, or have been unnaturally fortified with vitamins.  We need vitamins to prevent sickness, help our cells and organs work properly, and so much more. So, your body is trying to figure out what to do with all these aliens we intake: corn gluten, food colorings, acids,  anything-lyzed, a variation of oils, and, well, you can read the ingredients.  Does it sound logical that your body can thrive off this kind of food (is it really food?) that is supposed to fuel your body?

“I can do it because I’m running 100 miles a week,” he said in the article.   Is it the calories? Too much output and not enough input?  Just forget about those.  Look at the McDonald’s list  of Ingredients just for the grilled chicken filet, not even the toppings.  There’s nearly 40 ingredients, just for the chicken; I’d have to be a chemist just to know what these are, and why they are essential for the meal.  I don’t have to be a nutritionist with years of formal education.  All I have to be is LOGICAL.  Look at a paleo meal; it’s made up of few ingredients, legitimately natural, and easily digested in your body that are naturally fortified with water, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbs, and fats.

If you are an endurance athlete, you will most likely have a special food plan, but McDonalds is not a part of it.  You can eat meat, veggies, and fats that will give you all the energy you need for your 100 mile race.  You just have to prove me wrong by going Paleo for 1 month and feeling how your body reacts (you’ll probably feel fuller longer, energy that lasts all day, plus have a regular pooping schedule). A typical post-workout meal suggested by Robb Wolf in the Paleo Solution would be made up of 2-6 oz. protein (meat) and 20-75 grams of Carbs (vegetables).  For more detailed nutritional plan, get your hands on The Paleo Diet for Athletes by purchasing it, or checking it out of our little nutrition library at the gym.

Aaron Worthy of MaD CrossFit Endurance on his way to taking First at the Bog Challenge 12k.


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